Celebrate First Day Winter Solstice Quotes, Sayings,Things

December Solstice Day Quotes - First Day of Winter 2020

Winter solstice (or hibernal solstice) is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of its daily rotation mean that the two opposite points in the sky to which the Earth's axis of rotation points (axial precession) change very slowly (making a complete circle approximately every 26,000 years). As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the polar hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer. This is because the two hemispheres face opposite directions along Earth's axis, and so as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer. The winter solstice is considered by some to mark the end of autumn and the start of winter.

More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest.The winter solstice itself lasts only a moment in time, so other terms are used for the day on which it occurs, such as "midwinter", or the "shortest day". It is often considered the "extreme of winter" (Dongzhi in the Chinese calendar). In meteorology, winter in the Northern Hemisphere spans the entire period of December through February. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. The earliest sunset and latest sunrise dates differ from winter solstice, however, and these depend on latitude, due to the variation in the solar day throughout the year caused by the Earth's elliptical orbit (see earliest and latest sunrise and sunset).

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied across cultures, but many have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

Second Solstice of the Year

Solstices happen twice a year - once around June 21 and then again around December 21. On the June Solstice, the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23° 30′ North) in the Northern Hemisphere, while on the December Solstice, the Sun shines directly over the Tropic of Capricorn (latitude 23° 30′ South) in the Southern Hemisphere.
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The Date Varies

The December Solstice can happen on December 20, 21, 22 or 23, though December 20 or 23 solstices are rare. The last December 23 solstice was in 1903 and will not happen again until 2303.
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The Sun 'Stands Still'

The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning 'the Sun stands still'. This is because on this day, the Sun reaches its southern-most position as seen from the Earth. The Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses its direction. It's also common to call it the day the Sun turns around.
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It's the First Day of Astronomical Winter

In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomers and scientists use the December Solstice as the start of the winter season, which ends on the March Equinox. For meteorologists, on the other hand, winter began three weeks ago on December 1.
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The Earth Isn't Farthest From the Sun

During winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is actually closest to the Sun. Different seasons are not defined by how far the Earth is from the Sun. Seasons occur because Earth orbits the Sun on a slant, with an axial tilt of around 23.4 degrees. Therefore different amounts of sunlight reaches the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, causing variation in temperatures and weather patterns thoughout the year.
In fact, the Earth is on its Perihelion - the point on the Earth's orbit closest to the Sun - a few weeks after the December Solstice.
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Earliest Sunset Not on the Solstice

Most places in the Northern Hemisphere see their earliest sunset a few days before the Solstice and their latest sunrise a few days after the Solstice. This happens because of the difference between how we measure time using watches and the time measured by a sundial.
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Daylight Hours Increase Faster in the North

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the increase rate of daylight hours depends on your location's latitude - in more northern latitudes you will see a rapid increase in daylight hours compared to if you're in the more southern latitudes.
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Celebrated Around the World

Many cultures around the world hold feasts and celebrate holidays around the December Solstice.
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"The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory."
                                                                                               — Gary Zukav, Winter Quotes

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for a home."
                                                                                              — Edith Sitwell,Winter Quotes

"Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake."
                                                                                             — Sara Raasch,Winter Quotes

"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
                                                                               — Percy Bysshe Shelley,Winter Quotes

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"
                                                                                      — J.B. Priestley,Winter Quotes

 "Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
                                                                                    — Sinclair Lewis,Winter Quotes

"Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality."
                                                                                 — Andy Goldsworthy,Winter Quotes

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."
                                                                                  — John Steinbeck,Winter Quotes

"We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt."
                                                                                    — Walter Scott,Winter Quotes

"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius."
                                                                                     — Pietro Aretino,Winter Quotes

"The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship."
                                                                                   — Norman Douglas,Winter Quotes

"My old grandmother always used to say, 'Summer friends will melt away like like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever."
                                                                                   — George R.R. Martin,Winter Quotes

"While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best."
                                                                                     — Tom Allen,Winter Quotes

"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy."
                                                                                    — Anton Chekhov,Winter Quotes

 "A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder."
                                                                                       — Susan Orlean,Winter Quotes

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'"
                                                                                        — Lewis Carroll,Winter Quotes

"Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery."
                                                                                        — Bill Watterson,Winter Quotes

"You can't get too much winter in the winter."
                                                                                       — Robert Frost,Winter Quotes

"Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness."
                                                                                        — Mary Oliver,Winter Quotes

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."
                                                                                        — Hal Borland,Winter Quotes

 "Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up yours.'"
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